U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

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U.S. Naval Forces Africa

3:06 AM5/7/2014
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVAF's primary mission is to improve the maritime security capability and capacity of African partners. Personnel are shared with U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
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First Time Operation Junction Rain Conducted in West Indian Ocean

1:06 PM10/24/2019
For the first in the West Indian Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Seychelles Coast Guard conducted a combined maritime law enforcement subject matter expert exchange as part of Operation Junction Rain (OJR), Sept. 9-27, 2019.
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Burke to helm U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

1:00 PM7/20/2020
Foggo, outgoing commander, strengthened the U.S. Navy-Africa partnership, increasing maritime security and combating the influence of common malign actors.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams supports U.S. SOF interoperability

2:23 PM8/31/2020
The ship will be a long-term presence assigned to the AFRICOM mission set and support security cooperation missions and operations in and around the African continent.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, Royal Moroccan Navy conduct tracking exercise

8:40 AM9/21/2020
The exercise follows Morocco’s participation in an air interoperability mission Sept. 7, in which four F-16s from the Moroccan Air Force trained alongside U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortresses and the U.S. Navy's USS Roosevelt.
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USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams operates with the Senegalese Navy

3:07 PM10/7/2020
Hershel “Woody” Williams is on a regularly-scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of operations and is a key element in integration between U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, especially Marine aviation and support to amphibious operations.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams joins allies, partners for exercise Grand African NEMO

9:18 AM10/16/2020
Hershel “Woody” Williams recently completed tracking and maneuvering exercises with Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Cabo Verde, and Morocco.
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USS Roosevelt port visit in Algeria demonstrates global maritime partnership

12:58 PM10/21/2020
The Oct. 18 visit by leaders with U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt is the latest in a series of engagements with Algeria, including Oct. 1 by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Sept. 23 by Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Rota, Spain

2:40 PM10/26/2020
While operating in the U.S. Africa Command area of operations, the ship conducted six maritime evolutions alongside African partner nations, participated in a major multinational exercise, and conducted refueling operations.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Conducts Tracking Exercise with Ivoirian, Italian Navies

12:00 AM9/26/2020
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Obangame Express 21 Exercise

1:12 PM3/19/2021
Service members from the Ghanaian special forces provide cover while approaching a vessel during a boarding exercise as part of Obangame Express 2021, March 17, 2021. Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa coastal regions.
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Medical experts conduct virtual pandemic preparation, response event during Obangame Express

9:10 AM3/22/2021
The virtual medical event served as an opportunity for partner nations to discuss infectious disease surveillance and virus outbreak response.
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U.S. Naval Forces Africa completes construction projects on Djiboutian Navy Base

8:38 AM4/1/2021
The project enhances the facilities used to host the annual Cutlass Express exercise and is part of a multi-year infrastructure investment partnership between U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Djiboutian Navy.
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U.S. Naval Forces Africa completes construction projects on Djiboutian Navy Base

9:04 AM4/1/2021
The project enhances the facilities used to host the annual Cutlass Express exercise and is part of a multi-year infrastructure investment partnership between U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Djiboutian Navy that will create storage, maintenance and operational facilities for the Cutlass Express exercise and the Defender patrol boats provided by the U.S. Department of State in February 2020.
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Obangame Express 2021: women in arms lead the way

12:00 AM3/31/2021
The women serving within the participating nations in Exercise Obangame Express 2021 (OE21) represent only a small number in a growing community of women in the armed forces.
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Obangame Express 2021: women in arms lead the way

12:35 PM4/2/2021
Ghanaian Sailors stand watch at the Ghana, Eastern Naval Command during Exercise Obangame Express, March 21, 2021. Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa coastal regions.
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Obangame Express 2021: women in arms lead the way

12:37 PM4/2/2021
A Ghanaian Sailor assumes a watch position at the Ghana, Eastern Naval Command, during Exercise Obangame Express, March 21, 2021. Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa coastal regions.
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Obangame Express 2021: women in arms lead the way

12:39 PM4/2/2021
A Ghanaian Sailor searches an outgoing car while standing watch at the Ghana, Eastern Naval Command, during Exercise Obangame Express, March 21, 2021. Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa coastal regions.
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U.S. Naval Forces-Africa’s FAST conducts cross-continent exercise

2:13 PM4/19/2021
U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, Europe, a part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Force Europe-Africa/Task Force 68, stationed in Rota, Spain, traveled to Timbuktu, Mali, on April 16, 2021. U.S. forces routinely conduct operational and logistics assessment exercises across regions to prepare for contingencies, exercise readiness, and identify areas of improvement.
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U.S. Naval Forces-Africa’s FAST conducts cross-continent exercise

2:15 PM4/19/2021
U.S. Marines with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Company, Europe, Commander, Task Force - 68, and French armed forces soldiers conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain training during a joint forces readiness exercise in Timbuktu, Mali, April 16, 2021. This latest trip to Timbuktu tested the command’s ability to rapidly move troops from Europe into West Africa.
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U.S. Naval Forces-Africa’s FAST conducts cross-continent exercise

2:17 PM4/19/2021
U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, Europe, a part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Force Europe-Africa/Task Force 68, stationed in Rota, Spain, traveled to Timbuktu, Mali, on April 16, 2021. U.S. forces routinely conduct operational and logistics assessment exercises across regions to prepare for contingencies, exercise readiness, and identify areas of improvement.
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U.S. Naval Forces-Africa’s FAST conducts cross-continent exercise

2:22 PM4/19/2021
U.S. Marines with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Company, Europe, Commander, Task Force - 68, and French armed forces soldiers conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain training during a joint forces readiness exercise in Timbuktu, Mali, April 16, 2021. This latest trip to Timbuktu tested the command’s ability to rapidly move troops from Europe into West Africa.
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U.S. Naval Forces Africa prepares for 2019 Africa Partnership Station

12:00 AM7/2/2019
The Spearhead-class expeditionary transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) departs Naval Station Rota, Spain, in support of the ship’s 2019 Africa Partnership Station (APS) deployment, July 2, 2019. As part of the U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) APS mission, Carson City will visit five Gulf of Guinea nations to work alongside partners to provide host nation-identified, needs-based assistance such as medical services, small boat repair and maintenance, maritime law enforcement, and the completion of community building projects. APS is NAVAF’s flagship maritime security cooperation program focusing on maritime safety and security through increased maritime awareness, response capabilities, and infrastructure.
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U.S. Naval Forces Africa prepares for 2019 Africa Partnership Station

12:00 AM7/1/2019
Capt. Frank Okata, commodore of Task Force 63, addresses military personnel, international partners, and civilian mariners aboard the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) in port Naval Station Rota, Spain, in preparation for the 2019 Africa Partnership Station (APS) deployment, July 1, 2019. As part of the U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) APS mission, Carson City will visit five Gulf of Guinea nations to work alongside partners to provide host nation-identified, needs-based assistance such as medical services, small boat repair and maintenance, maritime law enforcement, and the completion of community building projects. APS is NAVAF’s flagship maritime security cooperation program focusing on maritime safety and security through increased maritime awareness, response capabilities, and infrastructure.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams crew hosts Women, Peace, and Security event in Djibouti

12:00 AM11/15/2021
The conference supports a larger mission led by U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa to facilitate meaningful participation of women within the security sector.
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